Sun, sand, surf: Tips to get beach body ready

A woman stands on a concrete platform jutting into the water on a beach. She triumphantly raises her hands in the air.

As warm weather becomes the norm, it’s time for the question: Is your body beach ready?

Spoiler alert: Everyone’s body is beach ready. You don’t need to have a certain physique to go have fun at the beach—or anywhere else for that matter.

The important thing is to be your best self by taking care of your mind and body through healthy habits.

So, grab your sunscreen, keep social distancing in mind, and remember some of these tips when you’re headed out for some fun in the sun!

Speak kindly

What we tell ourselves affects our mood and our actions, so why not decide to think positively?

Speaking kindly to ourselves is proven to enhance self-esteem—it helps build confidence and body acceptance. Positive self-talk is like practicing an instrument or training for sports: It won’t be easy to start, but you’ll improve over time.

Try this: Identify very specific, genuine, positive statements about yourself. Is your hair straight out of a shampoo commercial? Do you love your skin? Great posture? Make a list and remind yourself of all the great things you’ve got going for you.

Place that list where you will see it often, whether that be on your bathroom mirror or on your phone’s home screen. This will remind you to show yourself compassion and understanding for who you are and what you have been through.

Give thanks

If it feels overwhelming to give thanks for how your body looks, shift your focus and find gratitude for all the incredible things that your body can do. For example, your strong legs can take long walks with your friends or family and keep you healthy.

Saying thank you to your body on a regular basis can also translate into positive actions toward your body because you’ll want to take care of it.

You’ll tend to make healthier lifestyle choices like eating a more nutritious diet, getting more regular exercise and drinking plenty of water.

Two people run along a beach. Exercise is good for your heart health

New season, new you

After a long winter, even the most confident person may feel hesitant about putting on a swim suit to take a dip in the water. After all, winter is made for hunkering down and getting cozy with fuzzy blankets and hearty soups while cooler temps take over.

Spring leading into summer is a useful reset for many of us as we naturally shift to lighter meals and more outdoor activity.

Getting back into shape by being healthier and feeling more energetic has nothing to do with losing weight—it is simply returning to the best version of yourself.

Strength in numbers

If there is still a part of your body that you would like to work on in order to feel like your most confident self, enlist a friend and start a strength challenge.

Self-conscious about your arms? Text a friend to see if you each can do a certain number of push-ups each day for a month and hold each other accountable with daily texts.

Start with doing push-ups against a wall and try to work your way to the ground on your knees. Eventually, you may even be able to do a full push up from your toes.

By the end of the month, you’ll feel stronger and more confident as those muscles start to pop.

A person wearing a smart watch looks at her smartphone.
Find the app for you

If losing weight is truly something you want to do to improve your health, you can find strength in numbers there, too. Find a friend and seek out an app-based weight loss plan where you can each track your progress and engage in group challenges.

Whether you want to lose or maintain, having a plan to follow can help you make better choices when it comes to food and nutrition, allowing you to feel better about yourself—and that includes your body!

Looking for more tips on how to live a healthy, confident life? Check out our other blogs at Amway Connections.

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